Timestamp: Twenty-First Series and Fifth Doctor Summary – The ESO Network

Timestamps Featured ImageDoctor Who: Twenty-First Series and Fifth Doctor Summary   It’s an unfortunate ending to an era. The Fifth Doctor’s three series run did not perform well in comparison to the rest of the franchise so far, and that’s disappointing considering how much potential the character had. It wasn’t terrible, but it wasn’t stellar. The Twenty-First Series had highs in Warriors of the Deep  and Resurrection of the Daleks, and it had a low in The Awakening. The rest just evened out to the average. Part of that was the companions, Tegan and Turlough, who I never really connected with. Another […]

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Timestamp #136: The Caves of Androzani – The ESO Network

Timestamps Featured ImageDoctor Who: The Caves of Androzani (4 episodes, s21e17-e20, 1984)   Davison deserved better. The TARDIS arrives in a dry lake bed on Androzani Minor. After a small bout of exploration, Peri and the Doctor question the presence of motor vehicle tracks on an otherwise desolate planet and decide to follow them. While they travel, the Doctor muses about keeping diaries. While they explore the crystalline caves, Peri falls into a web-like substance that stings. Afterward, she asks the Doctor about his lapel celery, which turns purple when exposed to gases in the Praxis range. Elsewhere, a monster attacks a group […]

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Timestamp #135: Planet of Fire – The ESO Network

Timestamps Featured ImageDoctor Who: Planet of Fire (4 episodes, s21e13-e16, 1984)   It’s a strange mashup between a primitive religion theme and an unstoppable menace. Crossing a barren volcanic landscape, two men in tattered clothes offer up a distinctly Middle Eastern vibe. The cross cuts to two other men discussing matters of faith and pilgrimages in a pristine palace environment further that flavor. The two travelers crest the volcano and find nothing, confirming their belief that the god Logar is a myth. That’s a slightly different pilgrimage than I expected. Meanwhile, an archaeological expedition led by Howard Foster is dredging the ocean in […]

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Timestamp #134: Resurrection of the Daleks – The ESO Network

Timestamps Featured ImageDoctor Who: Resurrection of the Daleks (2 episodes, s21e11-e12, 1984)   This story gets dark fast and leaves a lot of room to think in the end. In a disused modern day alley, several men in anachronistic costumes run from police officers and their machine pistols. When the runners (and one innocent bystander) are shot down, they are transmatted to a nearby starship. There are two survivors as the execution squad beams away, and they return to the warehouse to warn others only to find that the time corridor has been closed. They are spooked by a remaining executioner who kills […]

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Timestamp #134: Resurrection of the Daleks – The ESO Network

Timestamps Featured ImageDoctor Who: Resurrection of the Daleks (2 episodes, s21e11-e12, 1984)   This story gets dark fast and leaves a lot of room to think in the end. In a disused modern day alley, several men in anachronistic costumes run from police officers and their machine pistols. When the runners (and one innocent bystander) are shot down, they are transmatted to a nearby starship. There are two survivors as the execution squad beams away, and they return to the warehouse to warn others only to find that the time corridor has been closed. They are spooked by a remaining executioner who kills […]

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